A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.
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 Elizabeth Farewell 10 episodes, 1986-1989
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 Lord Bathurst 10 episodes, 1986-1989
Henry Cele ...
Dudu Mkhize ...
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 Prof. Bramston 10 episodes, 1986-1989
Kenneth Griffith ...
 Zacharias Abrahams 10 episodes, 1986-1989
Conrad Magwaza ...
Patrick Ndlovu ...
Roland Mqwebu ...
Gugu Nxumalo ...
Tu Nokwe ...
Vuyisile Bojana ...
Bingo Mbonjeni ...
Simon Sabela ...
Sam Williams ...
Alex Heyns ...
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Geoff Albert ...
Sonke Buthelezi ...
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 Lord Kimberley 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Khumbulani Cele ...
 Shaka (6-11) 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Dabula Ciliza ...
Bill Curry ...
Terence Dlamini ...
Thembinkosi Dlamini ...
Glen Gabela ...
 Shaka (15-19) 5 episodes, 1986-1989
King Beaters Gabelah ...
Winston Gama ...
P.W.M. Gardner ...
Keith Grenville ...
Zipathe Gumede ...
Daphney Hlomuka ...
 Queen Ntombazi 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Eugene Hlomuka ...
James Irwin ...
 Gen. Chelmsford 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Ian Jali ...
Kerry Jordan ...
 Rev. Bellow 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Benedict Khambula ...
 Witchdoctor 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Charles Kinsman ...
Sokesimbone Kubheka ...
Bruno Luthuli ...
Khulekani Magubane ...
Victor Majavu ...
 King Makedama 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Phillip Majola ...
 Ngwadi (9 yrs old) 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Humphrey Makhoba ...
Obed Makubane ...
Africa Manqele ...
Sonto Mazibuko ...
Grissel Mboni ...
Peter Mgaga ...
Eric Mcanyana ...
Dingeni Mhlongo ...
 Nomcoba (child) 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Precious Mkhize ...
Raymond Mkhize ...
Amos Mkhonza ...
 King Kondlo 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Louis Mtetwa ...
Sally Mthembu ...
Lucky Mtshali ...
Sabelo Ndebele ...
Daniel Ndlovu ...
Isabelle Ndlovu ...
Michael Nene ...
Shadrack Ngema ...
Elliot Ngubane ...
Peter Nkwanyana ...
Alfred D. Nokwe ...
Emily Nompumelelo ...
Adalbero Ntsele ...
Samuel Ntsini ...
 The Nameless One 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Horatius Ntuli ...
 Njanis Father 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Artwell Nyembe ...
 Ufasimba Leader 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Aletta Rabotapi ...
 Maidservant 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Michael Richard ...
 Mordechai Abrahams 5 episodes, 1986-1989
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 Queen Victoria 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Hugh Rouse ...
Cynthia Shange ...
Sibusiso Shange ...
 Phakathwayo 5 episodes, 1986-1989
David Sherwood ...
 Captain Blair 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Yule Simone ...
Leonard Sithole ...
Washington Xisolo ...
Ron Smerczak ...
Sibongile Sokhulu ...
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Oliver Stole ...
Sean Taylor ...
 The Prince Of Wales 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Reginald Tsokolibane ...
 The Lion Man 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Sean Weir ...
Robert Whitehead ...
Ganza Zama ...
Vincent Zulu ...
V.E.M. Zulu ...
 King Sodubo 5 episodes, 1986-1989
Patrick Zungu ...
Nomsa Xaba ...
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Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!


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24 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Shaka Zulú  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This Crawford Production has been rescaned from a negative print and reframed for a 16:9 presentation and aired on the WIN Network Australia. Nov. 2017 See more »

Quotes

Shaka: [their final meeting before Shaka's return to his capital, where Shaka will be assassinated by his own aunt] ... Tell me - How do you catch a monkey?
Lt. Francis Farewell: Well, a gourd is used... with a narrow neck. Bait is dropped into the gourd: a piece of fruit, or - or something shiny. The monkey puts his hand into the gourd to get the bait, and then he's trapped... because he can't get his fist out.
Shaka: Once he realizes he's trapped, why doesn't the monkey let go of the bait?
Lt. Francis Farewell: Because his greed makes him blind.
Shaka: And ...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

We Are Growing
By Patric van Blerk, Julian Laxton, Margaret Singana and David Pollecutt (as Dave Pollecutt)
Sung by Margaret Singana and the Baragwanath Choir
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Great action, atmosphere, acting: great miniseries
8 March 2005 | by (Rye, New York) – See all my reviews

Although not a despot known to many, Shaka Zulu controlled an empire at the height of his power comparable to that of Napolean and was as brutal as Vlad the Impaler; this miniseries very successfully shows his rise to power, relationship with British envoys, and eventual fall.

As the mini-series opens, a solemn South African representative listens to the British elite, including Queen Victoria, belittle his people and then begs them to let his people keep their sovereignty. The series then flashbacks to the British embassy going to meet Shaka, running into trouble, and eventually earning his trust after an assassination attempt. The series then flashbacks to his rise to power from a young boy to the most powerful man on the continent of Africa. The flashbacks never get confusing, the story is always well told. The cinematography is brilliant, the acting (especially by Henry Cele in the title role) is very competent, and the characters are very compelling.

The series has a little something for everyone, although I think it would appeal more to history buffs like myself. In addition, there is substantial amounts of nudity, as most of the African women go around topless. While the nudity didn't detract from the narrative or become gratutitious, it is something to think about before letting younger viewers watch.

All in all i heartily recommend this mini-series, whether for a really, really rainy day or an hour at at time after work.


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